Jelly Filled Donut Cupcakes

My husband’s favorite donuts are jelly filled donuts so I wanted to think of a way to make a jelly filled donut inspired cupcake.  I thought I would start with a cinnamon cupcake and fill it with raspberry jelly. I could have added vanilla, raspberry or even cinnamon buttercream and called it a day, but I wanted to make them special.  I’ve seen people bake donut holes directly into cakes, however, I didn’t think that would work since I wanted to fill the cupcake with jelly.  Why not make a donut hole to put on top of the cupcake?  I decided to make a simple donut hole rolled in cinnamon sugar.  I added a little freshly grated nutmeg.

Grating nutmeg into donut hole ingredients

 

Frying donut holes

The cupcakes were a beautiful color.

Cinnamon cupcakes out of the oven and cooled.

Once the cupcakes were cooled I cored them and filled them with jelly.

Filling cupcakes with raspberry jelly

I rolled the donut holes in cinnamon sugar while they were still warm and finished cooling them on a rack.  I knew they came out good since my kids and husband were sneaking some while I was filling the cupcakes.

Rolled in cinnamon sugar and on racks to finish cooling

I decided to top them with vanilla buttercream and drizzle with more raspberry jelly before adding the donut holes.

How yummy are these?

Would these be considered a breakfast cupcake?  I would!  I actually have a couple more cupcakes that would be considered acceptable for breakfast – wait til you hear about the cinnamon roll cupcake or my Coffee N Cake Cupcake.

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